5 iPhone Games I am Glad I Purchased

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When I first got the iPhone a year ago I quickly filled it up with just about every free game and app I could find in the App Store. After finding that most of the free games lacked the polish I demand in mobile gaming, I made the plunge purchased a few. Here is a short list of the ones I have paid for and enjoyed. Also I bought most of these games when they were on sale, this seems to happen a few weeks after they come out or right before an update.

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Enigmo (Review)
This game reminds me of “The Incredible Machine”, a game where you’re given a limited amount of parts and you have to create a machine that completes a goal. This game is the same way but it’s a stream of water. You have a limited about of sponges, pipes, and drums to get your stream of water to the bucket. If you like puzzle games like this then it’s a must have. They also sell updated level packs in the game itself.

Trism (Review)
This was one of the first Apps to make a ton of money in the App Store. It’s a simple puzzle game where you have to match colors. It uses the orientation of the phone or touch to dictate how the pieces fall on the screen. Like most puzzle games, the concept is simple but mastering it is hard. This is the one puzzle game I keep coming back to. To me this game is what Tetris was for the Game Boy.

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Peggle (Review)
This game is just about on every gaming platform and for a good reason, it’s a great game. Your job is to clear off all the pegs on the screen by shooting them. Your bullet will bounce around like that game from the Price is Right, Plinko. Every peg it hits will also disappear. It sounds simple but once you play this game you will be hooked. Trust me.

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Minigore (Review)
I love games with style and this game has a ton of it. I love the look and feel of the game and it also happens to play great. If the developers do what they say they will do, which is updating the game with features weekly (like Pocket God does), this could be the next big game everyone will talk about. So far it’s off to a great start!

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Worms (Review)
I love the Worms games and I have them on every platform I own. There has been a lot of hate about the iPhone version of the game. People are complaining about the controls, but after playing a few times I feel they work fine. Yes, ninja rope is hard to use and jumping is sometimes an issue but that doesn’t kill the game for me. You just need to change your playing style to fit the platform. I think Team 17 did a great job getting this game to work on the iPhone. I think with a few key updates everyone will enjoy this game, even the haters.

So there you have it, my short list of games I actually paid for. If you’re still too cheap to buy games here are a few free ones you might want to check out: Words with Friends, Twizzle, Tap Defense, and Wild West Pinball.

Let me know what games you paid for and were happy about. I am always looking for new games to play while falling asleep in bed or on a long road trip.

Bacon LIVE: Ready Bacon is a Disgrace

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On this episode of Bacon LIVE Sean thought it would be a good idea to review Sugardale’s Ready Bacon. We already knew we were going to hate it but we never officially reviewed it before. Even if Sugardale is not sold in your area we feel that this review stands true for all microwavable bacon.

Sean and I both thought that bacon was too thin and in the right light you could almost see though it. I thought the texture was like eating crispy cardboard. Also, since the flavor was added and not smoked in to the meat it had a strange taste to it. Even with all the hate we had for this bacon, it was still better then that crap Wendy’s tries to pass off as bacon.

With that said, I still couldn’t even finish all the bacon we cooked. Thankfully Sean has a cast-iron stomach and was able to force it down. We will never be eating Ready Bacon again on Bacon LIVE. It was a disgrace to bacon and we are sorry you had to see/listen to that.

Bacon LIVE 040:
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Watch LIVE Wednesdays at 7 pm EST, go to our show page for details!

Bacon Caramels by Ashley from Not without Salt

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What’s better then reading a recipe about Bacon Caramels? Reading a recipe about Bacon Caramels that also shares a life lesson. Ashley the blogger behind the food blog “Not without Salt” recently sheared with the Bacon Nation her recipe for the sweet and savory.

If you haven’t heard of “Not without Salt” that’s a shame (don’t worry I didn’t know about either) because she blissfully mixes a personal blog, food blog, and photography blog into one master work. She is able to work a personal story in to almost every recipe. Now usually I am not in to the person blog thing, but if its sneaked in while I am reading about a recipe I guess I don’t mind.

Here is how Ashley describes it in her own words:

I happily share my passion for all things salted; sweet and savory, in hope that you too will find pleasure, joy and sustenance in good food. Your kitchen is a place to be creative and productive. Meals are meant to be savored and enjoyed. Good food is simple, fresh, seasonal and delicious. Not Without Salt is a tool for helping you eat well and enjoy the process of cooking and baking real, good food.

So if you looking for another food blog that has great photos, stories, and enjoys bacon, check out Not without Salt. I already added it to my feed reader and I can’t wait to see what she does with bacon next.

BLT: Maple Bacon Morning Coffee

Here is another BLT (Bacon LIVE Tidbit) featuring our on air review of Boca Java’s Maple Bacon Morning Coffee. After watching this again it reminded me how much I enjoyed this coffee. I really need to put another order in ASAP! Feel free to let us know what you thought about it via email or comments.

I am going to be posting up more clips like these in the future. If you can think of a BLT that I should clip out, let me know about it. Remember to watch us live every Wednesday at 7pm ET.

Bacon LIVE: uStream didn’t mess up, we did

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At the beginning of the show I mess up the intro and failed to record it in the uStream feed. I also explain to Sean what Woot.com is and what a Woot-Off is. Sean must be living under a rock.

We also covered the Food Inc. movie and what we thought about it. Please note that Sean and I have yet to see it in the theater so take our opinions lightly. But judging by the comments on Sean’s post about it, it sounds like it may not be as bad as we thought.

Also by the end of the show Sean and I get off script and have to wing the remaining 10 minutes. If you watch the whole show you will get this joke.

Bacon LIVE 039:
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Watch LIVE Wednesdays at 7 pm EST, go to our show page for details!

Food Inc: a Documentary about the Food Industry

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It was bound to happen. Yet another documentary is coming out all about how the food in this country will kill you. It’s called “Food, Inc.” and it’s brought to you by film maker Robert Kenner with significant contributions from Eric –Don’t eat anything unless you grew it in your back yard using fertilizer you gathered from your own cow that you feed and organic diet – Schlosser (he’s the fast food nation guy for those of you not in the know.)

Now I haven’t seen this movie yet but I have read an article about it that the Associated Press did. According to the article the movie is about how the genetically modified food will make you sick or worse kill you. Of course it would have to be about that, because the only way you can get people to watch a documentary about the food industry is to tell them they might die if they don’t watch it.

But after reading the first couple paragraphs I was still somewhat interested. Then I got to the part where they compared it to Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, and lost all interest. By comparing this to Gore’s film you’re telling me it’s nothing but a pack of lies.

The article goes on to describe some parts of the movie that include families struggling to get by so they have to buy food from the dollar menu and shots of baby chicks having there cute little heads smashed against equipment as they ride on a conveyor belt at the processing plant.

This just seems like another anti big business movie showing how corporate greed keeps the little man down. But there is no doubt that the hippies will line up around the block for it and probably give it an Oscar.

Even when a large company tries to help promote this film the film maker throws a tantrum. The Mexican fast food chain Chipotle (which is owned by McDonald’s) is sponsoring free screenings of the film. But the makers of the film are now crying saying that it’s an empty gesture. Even though Chipotle holds its meat processing to high standards, they say they don’t pay enough for their produce, and that forces farmers to get paid less and become exploited.

Nothing these companies do will ever be good enough for these people. If Chipotle started paying 50% more for tomatoes, they would just start bitching about their wages, their calorie content, or how many trees are killed from their paper towels.

Even though it seems like I have already passed judgment on this film I will still watch it with an opened mind. Who knows maybe they will change me and I’ll give up bacon and start eating nothing but organic veggie chips that cost $7 a bag. It’s very doubtful, but hey it could happen.

By Sean Brett

Editor Note: I know Sean hates when I do this but I just wanted to give my quick two cents. I watched the trailer for the movie and I am already pissed. But like Sean said I am going to watch this movie with an open mind. I also hope to get the Pork Association’s and real farmers views on this movie.